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Guarded welcome for agri plans in Govt. programme

Francis Farragher

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FRANCIS FARRAGHER looks at different aspects of what’s proposed for agriculture in the FF, FG and Green Party Programme for Government.

WEST of Ireland farm leaders have given a guarded welcome to the agri-rural section of the Programme for Government agreed this week by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Green Party.

The retention of the Nitrates Derogation; no restrictions on live exports; and a new REPS style environmental scheme have been welcomed by the IFA.

However, farm leaders have cautioned that the implementation of the programme for the agri-rural sector will be monitored closely to ensure that pledges made are followed through.

Galway IFA Chairperson, Pat Murphy, told the Farming Tribune that the new environmental scheme should be very good news for the West of Ireland on the presumtion that it would be low on red-tape while at the same time delivering a meaningful financial reward.

“We all know that the environment and environmental issues are the future and farmers are more than willing to play their part in this whole process.

“Farmers are enthusiastic about making positive contributions on environmental matters but the paperwork must be kept to a minimum while the financial compensation must be realistic in terms of making their enterprises viable,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that the commitment to set up an independent appeals procedure for farmers who had faced penalties under the various schemes was to be welcomed. “The current appeals system is totally unfair and had to change,” said Pat Murphy.

He also said that there was a sense of relief that there was nothing in the Programme for Government as regards getting rid of the Nitrates Derogation and the live export of Irish cattle.

“The Nitrates Derogation is an essential for dairy farmers. If it was got rid of, it would have implications in terms of dairy farmers having to acquire more land to supply their feed needs, making land more expensive either to buy or rent,” said Pat Murphy.

He said that the IFA had lobbied intensively on issues like the environmental scheme, the Nitrates Directive and live exports over recent weeks, adding that their work had ‘paid off’.

“The push will be continuing to deliver a better Sheep Welfare and Suckler Cow scheme. We are still seeking a payment of €300 per suckler cow and €30 per ewe from the new Government.

“Suckler cow farmers along the Western Seaboard counties are the basis of the Irish beef industry producing the quality cattle that backbone the whole industry.

“What seems to have emerged from the Programme for Government is a first step along the way in what we are trying to achieve. The pledges are there but now, over the coming months, it’s action we need,” said Pat Murphy.

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SMEs set their sights on Euro expansion

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Kevin Moran of IMS Marketing accepting the ‘Excellence in Practice Silver Award’ from the European Foundation for Management Development, with Enterprise Ireland CEO Julie Sinnamon and Nan Gou, Programme Director, ESMT Berlin.

Irish entrepreneurs have the skills, products and services to break down barriers across Europe, according to one Galway-based marketing agency that is helping SMEs enter new markets.

Kevin Moran, Managing Director of IMS Marketing in Galway, said that this creativity and enthusiasm allows Irish entrepreneurs to punch above their weight in new markets.

He was speaking after his IMS Marketing was honoured for its ‘Enter-the-Eurozone’ Programme which has helped 19 SMEs break into Europe.

And he urged all SMEs to continue to set their ambitions on export markets as we emerge from the Covid-19 restrictions and revisit the challenges of Brexit.

Mr Moran said that IMS Marketing, along with its partners, Enterprise Ireland and ESMT Berlin, was delighted to receive the Excellence in Practice Silver Award’ from the European Foundation for Management Development.

“The vision for the ‘Enter the Eurozone’ Programme was to enable progressive Irish SMEs  to enter a new Eurozone market in a strategically led way,” he said.

“Export markets will be more important than ever for Irish companies and jobs as they now face the twin threat of Brexit and a post Covid19 economic recession.”

Accepting the Award’ from the EFMD, Mr Moran said that his company witnessed the strength of the Irish SME sector during the delivery of the award-winning ‘Enter the Eurozone’ programme.

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Businesses miss out on restart grant

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Mr. Kenneth Deery. Photo: Andrew Downes, Xposure
CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery

Just one-third of Galway business eligible for the Government’s Restart Grant have actually applied for the scheme which aims to bolster small enterprise as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

It was revealed this week that businesses in Galway City and County have received almost €4.5 million in grant aid under the scheme which offers grants of between €2,000 and €10,000 to commercial rates-liable enterprises.

To qualify for the €250 million scheme, businesses must have an annual turnover of less than €5 million; have 50 or fewer employee; and have a projected loss of revenue of 25% or more.

CEO of Galway Chamber Kenny Deery said there were many Galway businesses that had yet to apply for the grants, despite the fact that they were entitled to do so.

Only around 1,100 of the about 3,000 businesses in the city and county that may be due a pay-out have applied, and confusion over eligibility was contributing to that issue, he explained.

“Some businesses are of the view that they’re not eligible, but they need to realise that even if they only paid €500 or €1,000 in rates in 2019, they could still be eligible for €2,000,” he said.

Those who were in rates arrears were also entitled to the grant, said Mr Deery, adding that as long as a business had a rates liability in 2019, they could apply for the grant.

“The payment have just started being paid out to those who applied about two months ago, so it has been slow in terms of progressing those applications.

“What I would be saying to small businesses is that they would need to sell a lot of cups of coffee or a lot of sandwiches to make €2,000 or €5,000 in profit,” said Mr Deery.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway embraces Mass changes

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Parish Priest Fr Hugh Clifford wearing a mask during the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass in St Joseph’s Church, Kinvara, on Saturday evening. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy

Parishioners in Kinvara made a long-awaited return to weekend services on Saturday at St Joseph’s Church, and while it was far from business as usual, mass-goers expressed delight at their return to the church.

Parish Priest Fr Hugh Clifford said while there were necessary changes to what people would be accustomed to, the congregation was understanding of why that was necessary and thankful that the implementation of these measures meant they could return to services after a four-month absence.

As part of Phase 3 of the easing of restrictions, services of up to 50 people were allowed, and to respect physical distancing, that meant two seats in every three were blocked off, said Fr Hugh.

“Households can sit together, but at the moment, we have the limit of 50 people, but we hope that will change in the next phase. We have to advise people who are more vulnerable that they should consider staying at home for the time being,” he explained.

The obligation to attend Mass has been lifted since the outbreak of the Covid-19 crisis, continued Fr Hugh, meaning that people need not worry if they are unable to attend.

For the Eucharist, the Priest and Eucharistic Ministers wear face coverings and use hand sanitiser to ensure there is no cross-contamination, with Communion administered to people in their seats, said Fr Hugh.

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